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Summer vacations in Punjab from June 1
Lahore, May 31: The Punjab Education Department has issued a new schedule of summer vacation for all public and private sector schools in the province. As per amended notification, schools will close on June 01 and reopen on August 19. It may be mentioned that earlier notification for summer vacation from June 01 to August 14 had been issued. The news

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Admission of 28 KU students cancelled
Karachi: Director Admission, University of Karachi, Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi announced on Wednesday that on verification from the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, the marks certificates of 29 candidates had been found forged/tempered. The university has immediately cancelled all the 29 admissions. Out of 29 candidates, 28 were belonging to the Pharm-D programme, while one was belonging to the bachelor in business administration programme. Daily times

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Re-admission of rusticated students defended
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has said that decision on re-admission of 15 rusticated students has been taken by the discipline committee on the basis of merit.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the university clarified the committee was working in accordance with Sindh University Act 1973.

Decision on re-admission was taken after hearing students and recording their statements, it said.

The university approved re-admission of only 15 students in light of recommendations of the committee.

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12 per cent increase in enrolment in KP schools
Peshawar: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that the government is taking practical measures for enhancing literacy rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the current enrolment campaign launched in April this year would play a key role in promotion of education at all levels.

He was chairing a meeting held for review of the enrolment campaign in government schools here at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday, says a handout.

In his briefing, Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Mushtaq Jadoon said that 624,000 children were enrolled in schools last year and as of May 29, 2012 the number stood at 716,000 which showed 12 per cent increase in enrolment. He said that further increase in enrolment was expected till end of the campaign in October.

Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Sardar Hussain Babak, Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastagir, and all commissioners of the province, DCOs and EDOs attended the meeting.

The enrolment campaign was launched in April with a goal to send 1.3 million children to schools within a year. The meeting was apprised of the campaign progress and the strategy to be followed till its end in October.

The secretary said that so far Upper Dir had recorded more enrolment of students than any other district in the province. It was decided during the meeting that the DCOs would convene monthly meetings for monitoring of the campaign and pay surprise visits to schools, while commissioners would convene quarterly meetings so as to review matters like attendance of teachers and students.

It was also agreed that the next review meeting at province level would be held in two phases; in the first phase performance of Malakand and Hazara divisions would be reviewed, while the matters of remaining divisions would be reviewed in the second phase.

The participants were apprised that parent-teacher councils would be made more effective and Rs133 million had been released to build additional rooms in schools through such councils. Matters pertaining to water supply, boundary wall, electricity, toilets and lack of other facilities in schools were also discussed during the meeting.

The chief minister stressed coordinated efforts for making the campaign effective and result-oriented. He also sought estimates of funding cost required for provision of facilities in present schools and establishment of new schools in rented buildings in urban areas.

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Teachers rally for promotion formula
Peshawar: Around 4,000 primary school teachers held a protest rally here on Wednesday against non-implementation of time scale formula for their promotion. They warned to lay siege to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly if their sole demand was not fulfilled till June 5.

The teachers gathered in the ground of Government Higher Secondary School City No 1 under the banner of All Primary Teachers Association (APTA). Later, they marched from the school towards the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly where they staged a sit-in on the Khyber Road. The road remained blocked for about three hours.

The protesting teachers holding banners and placards inscribed with their demand chanted slogans against the government and elementary and secondary education department for not implementing the time scale formula for their promotion.

APTA president Malik Khalid Khan said that their protest was based on a single demand of implementation of time scale
promotion formula.

He said that the education department had already approved this promotion formula, but was showing delaying tactics in its implementation. He said that this formula had already been implemented for promotion of primary teachers in other provinces.

Mr Khan said that they were to proceed to the Chief Minister's House for a nightlong sit-in protest, but this was postponed for some days when Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain assured them that their demand would soon be accepted. Dawn

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